INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Fast-food workers in Indianapolis went on strike Thursday morning because they want more money per hour.
Workers walked off jobs in call for $15 an hour and the right to form a union without interference from employers or unfair labor practices. They are part of the 33,000 fast-food workers in Indianapolis.
Workers participating are employed at McDonald's, Taco Bell, Cinnabon, A&W and Sweet Factory. They say the $200 billion fast food industry is making record profits while its workers are forced to rely on public assistance just to afford the basics.
The current median wage is $8.67 an hour and they say a professor from MIT says an adult with one child needs to make $17.81 an hour full time in the circle city just to afford the basics.
Fran Quigley, a clinical professor at IU School of Law, says "The reality is that the kind of wages their making now don't allow them to do that and we in the community pay a price for that. We in the community, when the workers are not able to afford health care, able to put food on the table. They and their families have to turn to subsidized programs from the government like food stamps, like Medicaid, like health care. Which means we that, we the taxpayers are subsidizing the McDonalds, Taco Bell business model.”
They were at the McDonalds at 16th and Meridian streets Thursday morning and will be at Circle Center Mall striking at Taco Bell, A&W, Cinnabon and Sweet Factory Thursday afternoon and a McDonald’s on U.S. 31 Thursday evening.
Workers in 50 cities across the U.S. also joined Indianapolis in the minimum wage movement including Chicago, Boston, Denver, Hartford, Houston, Los Angeles, Memphis, New York, Oakland Raleigh and Tampa.
Similar fast-food worker walk outs occurred in seven cities earlier this summer. Federally-contracted workers in Washington, Walmart, warehouse, car wash and port drivers also went on strike this summer.
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